What to Know about Tartar

Everyone knows regular brushing and flossing is essential to good oral health. It prevents cavities, keeps your breath fresh, and helps ward off periodontal disease.

However, there’s another benefit to regular oral health care – the removal of tartar.

Tartar is calcified plaque that attaches itself to the enamel of your teeth, and even below your gum line. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, and use mouthwash, you put yourself at risk for developing tartar. This hard substance can make cleaning your teeth much more challenging, and is often what causes gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and if it’s not nipped right at the beginning, it’ll quickly progress into full-on periodontitis. If your oral health decorates to that point, you’re facing potential tooth and jaw bone loss.

Again, regular oral health care will prevent tartar from forming in your mouth. However, if you get lax in your oral health habits, tartar can quickly form on your teeth. At that point, the only person who can remove tartar is a dental professional. Here at Smiles Dental, tartar removal is part of a regular cleaning.

The potential for tartar buildup is part of why it’s recommended you visit your dentist every six months. If any has built up, your dental professionals will be able to remove the tartar for you and get your mouth back on track to being healthy.

If you have any questions, or need to schedule a cleaning, contact us today at 509.850.3050.